The world is an extremely scary place right now. Most days I feel overwhelmed, nervous about what is to come and afraid for my children’s future. Most days I spend focused on the bad and upset that the world has seemingly gone to shit lately. It easier to focus on the bad instead of shifting the focus to the things to be grateful for.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
Lately it seems that most days are not that great. That curling up in bed, staying there for the rest of the day seems like a good option over everything else. Since this isn’t always an option, especially with kids, I began to think about little things that I am grateful for in my daily life. By creating a list of what I’m grateful for, it helps me get through those days that just seem like are never ending. These may also be things that you are grateful for as well or you can create your own list to get you through your tough days.
Things to be Grateful For
Working as a nurse has reminded me that being healthy is not something that everyone can be grateful for. I am thankful for my own personal good health and the ability to move my body daily. Yes I still get sick sometimes and I try and fuel my body with healthy fuel but overall I am healthy and for that I am grateful.
My Healthy Children
I have been fortunate enough to have healthy children so far. I came across a sweet family on Instagram a couple of weeks ago who had learned that their 3 year old daughter had a brain tumor that was incurable. The beautiful little girl passed away a month or so later. This families story devastated me and I can’t even imagine the insurmountable pain that they themselves are going through right now. It reminded me that everyday I need to be incredibly thankful for my healthy children because that isn’t always the case for others.
Those quiet moments in the morning, before everyone else is up that I can sit back, relax and enjoy my coffee help me get through the long days.
A Home to call my own
I am thankful everyday for having a home that is mine. Something that I worked hard to purchase and that my family can grow in.
Sure it’s small and we are outgrowing it but it’s a roof over my head. I don’t have to struggle to make the mortgage payment work.
I am thankful, especially with the state of the world, to have a job.
Would I rather stay home and binge Netflix? Some days. But having steady employment and a paycheck is something that I am grateful for as well.
Family & Friends
I am even more thankful for family and friends that are always there. That reach out when times are tough and when I am not at my best. Those are the people that you want in your life and the ones that truly care about you.
I love the beach, the water, the smell of the salt water in the air. I find going to the beach relaxing and therapeutic when life gets crazy.
I am even crazy enough to enjoy going to the beach with kids.
Ability to Travel
I love being able to travel to different places. I am thankful for the ability to have the means to do so and do so freely.
With everything in the news lately and the Black Lives Matter movement, I am starting to realize that freedom is not something that everyone has despite what the constitution says. I have learned so much recently and have opened my eyes to something that I am sad to say I didn’t understand. Not every is afforded the simple right of freedom based on the color of their skin which is wrong and unjust. I am thankful for this freedom but sad for my fellow humans that this is a battle that they have to face because their lives matter too.
I am thankful to have a voice to speak out about what is happening in the world. To not only help other moms but share my thoughts and feelings on what is happening around us. Not everyone is afforded this. It is something that I am continually grateful for the more people that I reach.